Thursday, February 23, 2012

Startup Weekend Orlando March 23-25

Startup Weekends are…

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical

and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and

education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model

development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a

panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs. Participants are challenged with building

functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of

their daily networks. For more information visit

Who you’ll meet at Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekends attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers)

and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). Twenty nine percent of Startup Weekend participants

attend an event to network, 20% attend to develop/build a product, and 13% attend to learn how to

create a new venture. Roughly 80% of attendees plan on continuing to work on their startup after the


What you’ll get out of the event:

Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning, whether you’re learning a new skill or a

new way of thinking. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Co-Founder Dating: The people who come to Startup Weekend are serious about learning how

to build and launch startups. Create relationships that last long past the weekend.

Build Your Network: Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high-quality, driven entrepreneurslike


Learn New Skills: With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup

Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming

language, or give marketing a try. With nothing to lose there’s no reason not to step outside

your comfort zone.

Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): Startup Weekend is the epitome of Lean

Startup Methodology.

Mentorship: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends and give feedback

to participants. Interact with the movers and shakers in your community.

Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources: By participating in Startup Weekend you are given

instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves Startup Weekend empty handed!

Save Money: Startup Weekends are affordable (typically $99, only $60 for students). Your ticket

includes seven meals, snacks, and all the coffee you can drink.

Join our community!

We’re a non-profit on a mission! Startup Weekend has hosted over 460 events in over 100 cities in more

than 35 countries with a network base of 45,000 alumni and mentors. We are continuing our efforts in

the Middle East with events in Dubai, Oman, and Ramallah and are expanding into India with events in

Delhi and Bangalore. No matter where you are, Startup Weekend isn’t far away.

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